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5 Best-Kept Secrets of the Big Island’s Mauna Lani Resort

The Mauna Lani Resort, located in the heart of the Kohala Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii, offers a lifestyle rich in activities and amenities. Some of the most wonderful things about being a homeowner at Mauna Lani Resort are right there in the open, like the Shops at Mauna Lani, the Advantage Beach Club (a beautiful, white sand beach cove and restaurant for homeowners) and the many things offered by the two hotels on the resort (the Fairmont Orchid and the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows). 

Looking a little deeper, there are some special nuances not everyone knows about Mauna Lani Resort. Listed below are five of the Mauna Lani Resort’s best-kept secrets:

1. Black Sand Beach Access

On the South side of the resort, the 49 Black Sand Beach community offers several day passes to park at a beautiful black sand beach. Drive to the 49 Black Sand Beach guard gate on the South end of the Mauna Lani Resort and ask the guard for a beach access pass. Be early though, as the number of passes is limited.

2. Happy Hour at the Luana Lounge

One of the prettiest sunset views on the Kohala Coast can viewed from the Fairmont Orchid Lobby Lounge. Happy Hour at the Luana Lounge (Fairmont Orchid) offers great drink specials, beautiful decor, and a local artist showcase. E Luana Mai!

3. Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail

The Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail is an old, restored Hawaiian hiking trail that fronts the Mauna Lani and Waikoloa Resorts. Few people realize that you can hike on this Kohala Coast trail between the two resorts and even North of Mauna Lani Resort to Puako (an oceanfront, non-resort-affiliated residential community). The Ala Kahakai Trail is very rocky and should be accessed by people with good balance and sturdy shoes.

4. Sunset at the Holoholokai Beach Park

Sunset at the Holoholokai Beach/Petroglyph Park is a daily, informal gathering of Mauna Lani Resort homeowners. On the North end of Mauna Lani, dozens of Mauna Lani homeowners tote their lounge chairs and to-go cocktails to the Holoholokai Beach Park.

Just drive as if you’re going to the Orchid, make the last right before the hotel and drive about ½ mile to the public beach parking lot. A great place and time to visit with neighbors and make new friends.

5. Twilight at Kalahuipuaa or Full-Moon Talk Story

Of course, I have to mention a not-so-secret, but always wonderful activity – Twilight at Kalahuipuaa or full-moon talk story is a monthly gathering with Hawaiian story-telling, dancing, and celebration on each Saturday closest to the full moon located adjacent to the Fish Ponds South of the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows.

Contact a Knowledgeable Mauna Lani Resort Broker

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in the Mauna Lani Resort, be sure to contact a Big Island Broker who knows ins and outs of the incredible Mauna Lani Resort!

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